Glowing neon sign saying 'Blah Blah Blah' on a spotty purple background

Etymology Trivia: guess the popular saying!

Have you ever let the cat out the bag, thought someone was sus or wondered what your friend is talking about when they say it’s raining cats and dogs? These random phrases are just an accepted part of our everyday language. The study of what they mean and where they originated is called etymology. Think you’re good with words?! Test your etymology knowledge now!

Question 1 out of 10:

What’s the word for describing someone with lots of charisma?

Dog in sunglasses
Question 2 out of 10:

What’s the saying for if you share a secret?

Woman whispering into another womans ear as they stand infront of a tree
Question 3 out of 10:
A tabby cat and a collie puppy lying on grass
Question 4 out of 10:

What does “getting the sack” mean?

Person carrying sack on sand
Question 5 out of 10:

What does GOAT stand for?

Brown and white goats against a woodland background
Just a quick random question – you don’t have to answer it if you don’t want to.

Have you heard of the V&A Museum (or Young V&A)?

[This doesn’t affect your result]
A photo of the V&A collection of a toy Jabba the Glob made by Hasbro for the Star Wars film The Phantom Menace. The toy is green and shows Jabba with a frog hanging out of his mouth next to a tub of Star Wars slime.

Yes and I love it! 16%

I already knew about it. 13%

Nope, it’s new to me! 36%

Not really sure what it is? 35%

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Question 6 out of 10:

If you “steal someone’s thunder”, it means that you get in there first and do something that someone was intending to do, leading to a lot of praise for you, and NONE for them. What’s the origin story behind this phrase?

Lightning striking at night which makes the clouds appear purple and orange
Question 7 out of 10:

In Cockney rhyming slang, what does “rats and mice” mean?

A blonde fluffy mouse sits on a tabletop
Question 8 out of 10:

What do people say you’re avoiding if you ignore something REALLY obvious?

Person wearing a pinstriped jacket holds magnifying glass in front of face so it makes their nose and blue glasses very large
Question 9 out of 10:

What does it mean if you call someone “sus”?

Grumpy cat staring at camera sat on a fence
Question 10 out of 10:

What’s the Cockney rhyming slang for stairs?

Toddler standing in front of beige concrete stairs

Are you ready to get your results?